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September 9, 2006


Jason Hammel of Mates of State talks to the Boston Globe about raising a child while playing rock and roll.

``I'm hoping like 10 years from now it's not going to be even hard -- there's going to be like a kid room or something to play in when you get there or day care or whatever it is," Gardner said. ``It's not a normal workplace, but it can satisfy family needs, and I know that sounds so anti-rock 'n' roll, but I really don't think it has to."

XBOX Addict reports that indie label Sub Pop has provided the soundtrack for the hockey video game, NHL 2K7 (out September 12th).

Minnesota Public Radio has Zero 7 in the studio for a live performance and interview.

The Edmonton Journal examines the resurgence of the serialized novel, and talks to author Alexander McCall Smith about the phenomenon.

"It's a case of newspapers realizing that people quite like reading fiction in newspapers. It's meeting the demand for more content," said the prolific and popular Smith, who also counts the bestselling Portuguese Irregular Verbs and Sunday Philosophy Club series among his successes.

Mercy Corps interviews REM's Michael Stipe about rebuilding the gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Contactmusic reviews the Mountain Goats' Get Lonely.

With his fifteenth album, alt-country stalwart John Darnielle has created the ultimate break-up album.

Alt-country stalwart???

The Telegraph profiles Rough Trade, the record label and store.

"Record shops bred music, they bred fans, they bred labels... from Warp to Rhino, they were where everything started, and still are," says Martin Mills, the chairman of Beggars group, in the sleeve notes of a two-CD compilation, The Record Shop, released next month to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Rough Trade brand. "From the racks of Musicland in Berwick Street, Soho, in 1967 for new Country Joe and the Fish to Rough Trade today for the next Arcade Fire, it's in the independent record shop, first of all, even in this age of instant media, that the first stirrings of new music are found and spread," Mills says.

Singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart talks to the North West Enquirer.

But despite the connections, he is wary of the “folk” label. “I’m not a purist,” he insists. “I listen to all kinds of music. I love British folk music, but I’m more influenced by Brazilian Tropicalia. I’m planning to move to South America to make music next year. I think the music of North and South America needs to integrate more.”


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